NC State Fair workers furloughed in wake of fair cancellation
Posted August 6, 2020 11:58 a.m. EDT
Updated August 6, 2020 2:12 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — A group of North Carolina State Fair workers have been furloughed in the wake of the fair being canceled this year.
An official with the fair confirmed that 54 employees, including full and part time, have been furloughed.
Last week, State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced that the fair, which was scheduled to take place Oct. 15-25, was canceled.
Despite the fair's cancelation, there will still be junior livestock shows and horse shows in October. Troxler said to expect more drive-thru State Fair Food events at the fairgrounds, which have proven to be popular events.
North Carolina has reported 129,000 cases of the coronavirus and just over 2,000 deaths related to the virus. The state remains in Phase 2 of its reopening plan.
Officials said the decision to cancel the fair now would help ease expenses. The fair costs about $6.8 million annually to produce with many contracts that have a 60-day cancelation with no penalty policy. The 60-day window for the N.C. State Fair would have been Aug. 16.
The State Fair attracted more than 938,000 people over its 11-day run last year. This would have been the 153rd State Fair. The cancelation is the first since World War II.